- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 mins ago
Vernon Adams has been named the starting quarterback for Oregon’s season opener against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.
Jeff Lockie, the backup last year and the frontrunner coming out of spring, will serve as backup.
Adams earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington, but opted to transfer for his final season of eligibility. Adams was not even eligible to start practicing with the Ducks until Aug. 13.
Adam was a two-time Walter Payton Award runner-up as FCS player of the year and threw for 3,483 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Eagles last season.
Adams needed to pass a math class earlier this month in order to graduate from Eastern Washington and enroll at Oregon. However, he spent all offseason working out and learning the Ducks offensive system, which was similar to the one he ran at Eastern Washington.
Even though he was late to campus, Adams’ athleticism, skill and experience seemed like a natural fit at Oregon, especially in replacing Heisman winner Marcus Mariota.
Adams passed for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns in three seasons at Eastern Washington.
For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday31 mins ago
Maryland will go with junior Perry Hills at quarterback when its season begins next Saturday.
Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall announced the decision to reporters on Friday afternoon and said that redshirt junior Caleb Rowe will serve as Hills’ backup. Additionally, senior Daxx Garman, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, is No. 3 on the depth chart.
According to the Washington Post, Hills took “the bulk of the first team reps” during a scrimmage last Saturday and completed 12-of-17 passes for 72 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has past starting experience – seven starts as a true freshman in 2012 – but has seen limited action the past two seasons, including a redshirt in 2013.
In 2014, Hills was the third-stringer behind C.J. Brown (who graduated) and Rowe. He played in just one game last year, completing 5-of-10 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against Iowa.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Dartmouth players can take their practice field frustrations out on a robot.
Though we're guessing that the robot can cause some frustration too. The school developed a tackling dummy that can move and change directions. Here's a look at it in action.
The Mobile Virtual Player – MVP of course – was designed by Dartmouth students at the behest of coach Buddy Teevens. He had eliminated tackling during practice and wanted his players to still be able to practice with a reduced risk of injuries.
"To my knowledge, no one else does it at the Division I level," Teevens said about his no-tackling protocol, acknowledging that his players were initially skeptical. "It was not received well to be honest with you because [tackling] is sort of fundamental, but I was committed to it."
The MVP may even be more athletic than you are too.
He said the 5-foot-11-inch, 200-plus-pound MVP can weave, cut, stop and start — even "run" a respectable 4.8-second 40-yard-dash.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
College football is full of amazing players.
The difference between the talent levels from team-to-team is almost indistinguishable, but there are always a few players that seem to rise to the top.
And we here at Dr. Saturday have done our best to honor those players we think will be amazing at their particular positions. There was no scientific process to this each of Dr. Saturday’s writers — Graham Watson, Nick Bromberg and Sam Cooper — picked their lists and the best two out of three won.
Honestly, there’s no fool-proof way to pick a list like this. Inevitably, one of these players will get hurt, have an off year or some unknown face will seize an opportunity and produce a fantastic season (looking at you, Nick Chubb). So this list is praise for past work and the hope for a bright future ahead.
Presenting the inaugural Dr. Saturday Preseason All-American Team (or you can click the picture above and see the slideshow):
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
After suffering a serious foot injury, Arkansas senior running back Jonathan Williams could take a medical redshirt and return in 2016, but Williams said Thursday that he has other plans.
According to the Associated Press, Williams said he would “most likely” head to the NFL once this season ends. And though his injury required surgery and is scheduled to keep him out of action for 4-5 months, Williams is holding out hope that he may be able to play this season.
Williams, who led the Razorbacks with 1,190 yards rushing last season, was injured during a scrimmage almost two weeks ago – an injury that led to surgery to insert two screws to help ligaments heal.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Maryland tight end P.J. Gallo realized his professional goal wasn't in football. And when he got the opportunity to achieve it in the near future, he decided to chase it.
After a 10-week internship over the summer with Goldman Sachs, Gallo was offered a job on Wall Street as a security analyst. He could start working in July of 2016, too. But there was a catch. He'd have to give up playing football to take the job.
So the junior told Maryland coach Randy Edsall he was leaving after the 2015 season. From the Washington Post:
“It was actually an easier conversation than I thought it was going to be because he was very supportive of it,” said Gallo, who is on schedule to graduate from Maryland in the spring and move to New York shortly after. “I made the right decision for myself, for my future. Hopefully, five years from now, I can still look back and say it was the right decision.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
I llinois announced Friday that it has fired head coach Tim Beckman, "citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program."
The move comes one week before Illinois is slated to open its season against Kent State. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, former coach at Western Michigan, will be the interim head coach.
Throughout the offseason, former football players alleged Beckman was mentally, verbally and physically abusive to them. Former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic took to Twitter to vent his concerns about abuse he suffered because of Beckman.
According to Cvijanovic, Beckman "uninvited" him from the team's end-of-the-year banquet after the starting left tackle missed the final four games of the year after suffering the labrum tear. Beckman wanted Cvijanovic to play through the season-ending injury.
Illinois hired a law firm to investigate the claims.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Rodrick Williams has a leash and a harness for his lizard so he can take it on a walk.
Yes, that sentence is true.
The Minnesota running back has a savannah monitor, which is a two-foot lizard. The lizard is named Kilgharrah from the dragon on Merlin. And as you can guess, the nickname for the lizard is the same as his coach's last name. So Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has given Williams a nickname too.
Williams has shown pictures and videos of his pet to its namesake, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. After laughing, Kill --the coach, not the pet -- began referring to Williams as "Lizard Boy." It's an appropriate nickname, as Williams used to bring all sorts of amphibians and reptiles into his house while growing up in Lewisville, Texas, much to his parents' chagrin.
The lizard lives in a 75-gallon cage in Williams' apartment and his girlfriend doesn't let him bring roaches in to feed Kill. The monitor, now 10-months-old, could grow to be five feet long and Williams got it because his apartment complex doesn't allow dogs
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott filed for trademarks to use his nicknames Zeke and Eze on merchandise as well as a trademark on the restaurant name "Zeke's Crop Top Bar and Grill," according to records in a public database kept by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Elliott became a household name earlier this year as he rushed for 696 yards and eight touchdowns during three postseason games and helped lead the Buckeyes to a national title.
He becomes the latest of a growing trend of athletes who are trademarking their names and phrases associated with their names for future earning potential. Last fall, Dak Prescott applied for trademarks on the "Dak Attack" and "Who Dak" phrases that fans were using on signs and T-shirts
Former Heisman-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel both applied for trademarks during their college careers.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
The highest-rated recruit in Arkansas’ 2015 freshman class was arrested Friday.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tight end C.J. O’Grady was arrested early Friday morning for driving his motor scooter while intoxicated. The arrest report states that O’Grady was pulled over at 1:33 a.m. just north of campus because the scooter did not have a working taillight.
The arresting officer said in the report that O’Grady had “watery, bloodshot eyes, was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol.” After being taken into custody, O’Grady “registered a blood alcohol level of .099” at 2:47 a.m.
In addition to the DWI charge, O’Grady was hit with a minor in possession of alcohol charge and was cited for the improper taillight and not having proof of insurance.
O’Grady, who was released on bond before noon, has a hearing in Fayetteville District Court scheduled for Monday.